Paper Round: Chelsea to offer Pep £40m tax free

Chelsea to offer Pep £40m

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You may think Guardiola would be mad to leave his current position but Chelsea are hoping that a blockbuster four-year contract worth £40 million AFTER tax might tempt the Catalan.

"The club's billionaire Russian owner refuses to give up on his quest to lure Barcelona's all-conquering manager," explains the paper's 'world exclusive' back page story.

"And that includes making Guardiola the highest-paid boss in the world with a money-no-object offer worth £10m a year in cash, according to one Blues insider.

"Guardiola's Nou Camp deal is up at the end of the season and Abramovich will not call off the chase while the manager leaves his future up in the air."

Abramovich has certainly been trigger happy with his managers since buying the club nine years ago with the Sun claiming that the Russian has "spent almost £150m on managers alone in wages, compensations and pay-offs."

The next Chelsea manager also makes back page news in the Times but they put forward France manager Laurent Blanc as a "leading contender" for the position.

The paper also says that Guardiola is the first choice but is unlikely to join so now the Blues are looking at other options.

"Several potential candidates have been discussed including Luciano Spalletti of Zenit St Petersburg, and Didier Deschamps, the Marseilles coach, but it is thought that the credentials of Blanc are considered the most compelling," says the Times.

The Daily Mail also has a back-page story that involves Chelsea and Barcelona but this time it refers to Blues centre-back David Luiz.

The paper makes the questionable claim that Barca are preparing to offer £35m for the Brazilian defender in the summer.

They say: "Barcelona see Luiz as a long-term replacement for Carles Puyol, 34 next month and increasingly injury-prone." Must be the hair!

To some quick fire transfer news and Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes is ready to extend his Manchester United comeback to another season (The Sun).

Liverpool striker Raheem Sterling could quit the club this summer, with his mum keen for him to move back to London. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United are continuing to negotiate a summer deal for Benfica midfielder Nicolas Gaitan but are reluctant to pay more than £22m. (Daily Mail)

Sunderland are weighing up moves for Blackpool winger Matt Phillips and PSG defender Sylvain Armand. (Daily Mail)

And finally, Alberto Aquilani is close to confirming a permanent move from Liverpool to AC Milan. (Daily Express)

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